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The Only Way Is Cup: Why reusable cups are the way forward

Have you, like me, ever been guilty of ordering a to-go coffee in a rush while your thoughts cut to your filthy reusable cup sitting beside the sink in your kitchen covered in the dregs of yesterday’s flat-white? In a perfect world, we would all have our reusable cup with us when we needed it. It would always be pristine …


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An open letter to Ed Sheeran and Lewis Capaldi: Please go away

By Rebekah Moore White male? Messy hair? Plays a guitar and sings songs that would depress a Prozac? Well, to quote Radiohead, Anyone Can Play Guitar, and in 2019, anyone can be a star, proving Andy Warhol’s theory right. Essentially every musician on the Irish charts in 2019 that you can think of comes under the affrementioned categories. The real …


Five Kinds Of People Who Post In UL Freshers Groups

Group chats can be absolutely head-wrecking. A great philosopher once told An Focal “College life is being invited to join 14 different group chats and muting them all.”  Imagine the scenes if you were in a group with over 6,000 people, then you voluntarily joined another four identical groups because you were that desperate for a Race Day ticket. Sadly …

Greg O’Shea hired by 2FM: Making a mockery of journalism

Previously on Love Island… Local Limerick lad and UL graduate lands national broadcasting position following a mere twelve days of reality TV stardom. Why am I not surprised? For those of you who may have been living under a rock for the past few months, or who have been totally captivated by the omnishambles of Brexit, let me bring you …

TikTok: It’s Like Vine, But Different

By: Meghan McEniry Brosnan Ever since Vine shut down in 2016, the internet has cried, begged and tweeted for a replacement to their beloved app, but nothing has come close. However, with the rise of TikTok, has the day finally arrived? What exactly is TikTok? TikTok is a video-sharing app with more than 500 million users worldwide that lets you …

UL Turns 30: A Look At What Else Happened In 1989

By: Mike Finnerty This year marks 30 years since the University of Limerick gained University status. The University of Limerick was founded in 1972, but did not gain University status until 1989. It became the University we study, play, and eat delicious Stables chicken fillet rolls in today after the passing of the Universities Act in 1989. In June, a …

The Brain Drain: What is the limit of the human brain?

As I sat on a chair in Dr. Ian Clancy’s office in the main building, I reflected on the laws of physics that kept me on the chair. One of these laws was, of course, gravity. The physics behind gravity was made accessible by Sir Isaac Newton when he developed his theories in 1666. In the last century, gravity has …

Four To The (Debate) Floor: In Interview With Cian Quinlan

By: Nicky Anderson DJ by night and Politics student by day. When people think of DJ’s, they rarely follow that thought with Politics, and certainly not Politicians; except for maybe in the case of Carrick-on-Suir DJ and budding politician, Cian Butler-Quinlan. Well-known by his DJ handle, ‘Cian Cue,’ the 20-year-old University of Limerick student is currently studying a degree in …

How To Tackle Plastic Pollution On Campus

By Cian O’ Broin. We live in an age of richly sourced information. There has never been a time quite like it. Technology and mass media have helped create a collective conscience that understands the vitality of progress and preservation. All around the world people are waking up to the fact that passivity is no longer an option. Last week, …